MSc in Geotechnical Earthquake and Offshore Engineering

General information

The MSc in Geotechnical Earthquake and Offshore Engineering provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills:

  1. to design Civil Engineering works to resist the destructive actions applied by earthquakes
  2. to design offshore foundations and pipelines.

Efficient aseismic design requires simultaneous consideration of both geotechnical and structural engineering. The course is unique in that it takes a holistic approach in considering the subject from both perspectives equally, emphasizing soil-structure interaction and providing advanced training for both components. 

This research intensive course is tailored for talented students who already have a very strong background in geotechnical and earthquake engineering, providing a unique opportunity to conduct cutting edge research combining analytical with experimental methods in a transnational environment. The research component is emphasized by the requirement to submit not only a thesis but a journal paper as well. 

Research will be conducted jointly with the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), introducing an international dimension that combines the core strengths of the two research groups, exploiting the state of the art 150g tonne capacity geotechnical centrifuge of the University of Dundee.

Study Schedule
Modules are taught via lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and a research project. Students spend 50% of their time at the University of Dundee and 50% at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

1st term at NTUA (September - December) 3rd term at Dundee (May - July)
Research – 1st part: numerical and analytical methods. Research – 2nd part: experimental methods
2nd term at Dundee (January - April) 4th term at NTUA (August - October)
Core and Specialist Taught modules Research – 3rd part: Completion of MSc Thesis and Journal pap
Core Modules
Health, Safety & Environmental Management
Specialist Modules
Advanced Structural Analysis of Bridges
Offshore Geotechnics and Pipelines
Geoenvironmental Engineering
Soil Dynamics
Learning outcome:

Careers. There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors. The latest Institution of Civil Engineers Salary Survey for the UK (2010) indicates that the average total income of its senior members is nearly £100k, while that of recent graduates is £27.5k.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.

Contact Person: Prof Ioannis Anastasopoulos (Course Director) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: University of Dundee
Dundee, United Kingdom
  • 1st term at NTUA
  • 2nd term & 3rd term at Dundee
  • 4th term at NTUA



The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

Fees 2017/2018 per year of study:

  • UK/EU students: £5.950 
  • Overseas students: £17.950


This course is research intensive and tailored to students with a very strong background in geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Degree Requirements
Applicants should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline.In addition to these requirements, applicants must have a proven strong background in the core subjects of the course.

A 5-year degree in Civil Engineering, preferably specializing in geotechnical and/or structural engineering is therefore a prerequisite. In addition, applicants will have to provide evidence (i.e., transcripts) showing that they have successfully completed (at least most of) the following course subjects: Soil Mechanics, Earthquake Engineering, Foundation Design, Retaining Structures, Finite Elements, Soil Dynamics, Soil-structure interaction and Computational Geotechnics. 

Language Requirements
IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application system, UKPASS. First of all you have to register and then you can create your application online. You do not have to complete the application all at once, you can save your details and return to it at a later date. As part of your application you will also have the following supporting documents:

UK/EU applicants
- Scanned copy of your University Degree Certificate
- Scanned copy of your transcript/mark-sheet (in English)
- References 

International applicants
- Scanned copy of your University Degree Certificate
- Scanned copy of your transcript/mark-sheet (in English)
- English Language proficiency certificate
- References

Application Deadlines:  there is no formal closing date for UK/EU students. Due to visa processing times, applications after 15th July from international applicants (courses starting in September) will not be accepted.

Grant Opportunities:

Please see the following links for more information: UK/EU Scholarships, International Scholarships.


Academic level: Master


Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and exam. The research project is assessed by dissertation.

Qualification: Master of Science
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